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NewsBreaks
Controversy Surrounds Stop Online Piracy Act as Mark-Up Approaches
by George H. Pike
On Oct. 26, 2011, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA; H.R. 3261) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. A companion bill to the previously introduced PROTECT-IP Act, SOPA would give government officials and content owners new authority to go after "rogue websites" that traffic in infringing, pirated, and counterfeit intellectual property. In the month since the act has been introduced, a groundswell of controversy has enveloped the proposal with competing claims that could lead to a "copyright police state," or that, if it doesn't pass, the "U.S. copyright system will ultimately fail."

Weekly News Digests
OverDrive Announces Ebook Device 'Test Drive' Program for Libraries
OverDrive announced Test Drive, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of ebook reading devices and tablets to their patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance, and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend ebook readers and tablets to patrons. Whether you are considering providing demo units inside or lending devices outside the library, the Test Drive program will provide useful guidelines to work within the framework of your OverDrive ebook lending collection.
NLM Enhances Drug-Naming Standard for Electronic Health Records
The RxNorm standard clinical drug vocabulary produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) now contains more accurate and complete connections between National Drug Codes (NDCs) and standard nonproprietary names of medications recommended for use in electronic health records (EHRs). For the first time, it also includes the complete set of NDCs from Thomson Reuters' Red Book, a drug database widely used in the healthcare industry.
FindLaw Launches Legal Pulse
FindLaw.com introduced FindLaw Legal Pulse, a new content area that offers continuously updated legal headlines from around the world, along with news, photo feeds, and analysis from such sources as Reuters, the Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The content covers a broad range of law-related topics, everything from Supreme Court decisions to legislative updates, everyday legal issues, and even sports and celebrity news.

NewsLink Spotlight
EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification—Poised to Unleash an Econtent Revolution
by Paula J. Hane
If you think that developments in ebooks and the e-reading experience have been hitting at a fast pace, get ready for it to get really exciting. A new specification has been approved that should accelerate the progress toward richer experiences. On Oct. 11, 2011, at Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced the completion of a major revision to EPUB, which has become the global standard interchange and delivery format for ebooks and other digital publications. The IDPF membership unanimously voted to elevate EPUB 3 to a final IDPF Recommended Specification, which is publicly available at http://idpf.org/epub/30.

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Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

June 12–14, SLA 2016 Annual Conference
Place: Philadelphia
Sponsor/Organizer: Special Libraries Association (SLA)
URL: sla.org/attend/sla-2016-annual-conference

June 12–15, The 2016 European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2016)
Place: Istanbul
Sponsor/Organizer: Organization secretariat
URL: ecis2016.eu/en/default.asp

June 13–17, Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2016
Place: Zadar, Croatia
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ozk.unizd.hr/lida

June 14, The Publisher’s and Librarian’s Challenge: Models, Practices, and Products to Sustain OA Publishing
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Seminars/How-to-Sustain-OA-Publishing---the-publishers-and-librarians-challenge/31492

June 15, NISO Virtual Conference: BIBFRAME & Real World Applications of Linked Bibliographic Data
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2016/virtual_conference/jun15_virtualconf

June 16–18, AAUP 2016
Place: Philadelphia
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of American University Presses (AAUP)
URL: aaupnet.org/events-a-conferences/annual-meeting/aaup-2016

June 16–18, ASI & ISC/SCI 2016 Conference
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: American Society for Indexing (ASI) and Indexing Society of Canada (ISC)
URL: asindexing.org/conference/2016-conference-chicago

June 17–19, The 4th International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2016)
Place: Tokyo
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icits.org

June 20–23, Digital Humanities Australasia 2016
Place: Hobart, Australia
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing team
URL: uqhistory.net/web/dha2016

June 22, Understanding Copyright
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Events-Training/Understanding-Copyright/30165

June 22–25, KM (Knowledge Management) Conference 2016
Place: Lisbon, Portugal
Sponsor/Organizer: International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management (IIAKM)
URL: iiakm.org/conference

June 23–28, ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition
Place: Orlando, Fla.
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: 2016.alaannual.org

June 29–July 1, LIBER Annual Conference 2016
Place: Helsinki
Sponsor/Organizer: LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)
URL: liber2016.org

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – the latest news, analysis, and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising, and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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